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Cuckoo Crazy Commentators
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:07:51 am »
Is it me, or are the majority of these commentators  crazy? The things  they say make absolutely no sense to  me. I don't get their logic.

Watching the Rafa-Hewitt match they described Rafa's game plan as simple, but effective.

If it was simple, he wouldn't have spent the last decade in the #1 and #2 position in the world. What they don't understand is that Nadal doesn't play by instinct, he plays like a chess master. No one understands the geometry of the court better than Nadal. That's his strength. He maneuvers his opponent into difficult positions on the court by either running them ragged or making them try go-for-broke shots.

His game has been analyzed for ten years by sports analysts, players, coaches, etc. and no one has been able to put him away indefinitely. None of the other players lead him in H2H because he plays extremely smart, low-risk, high-reward tennis, whereas many of the other players play high-risk, low reward tennis.

And when an opponents finally figures out what he is doing, they may win some matches from him, before he turns it around again.

There was a time, when he was quite a bit younger that he could be hit off the court by the likes of Berdych and Blake, but that only lasted for three matches in Berdych's case and the same for James. del Potro has done it once or twice, but overall the H2H shows that del Potro's wins are few and far between. Raonic can't do anything with him, and if he gets his racket on Isner's serves, he wins the match there too.

So how can his game be so simple, when only Djokovic had any sustained success against him, and then turned around after 2011 and lost three major matches against him?     

The problem? They are too limited and unable to incorporate different perspectives. They only see one type of "talent" and deem everything else as odd. Before Dolgopolov beat Rafa, they kept saying his game was "funky." They couldn't see the talent, they kept saying it was "unorthodox." Same with Murray. They've found plenty to criticize his game over the years, but never saw the strategy that goes into the way that he plays. Evidently, it's pretty because he's been at the top of the game for a long time.

OTOH, they constantly rave about the more "talented" players like Tsonga, Gasquet, and Gulbis. All of whom have zero majors between them.

Headscratching, indeed. 

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